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Old 06-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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Repairing Window Shade Cord

I just broke the cord on my 1999 Winnebago Chieftain's night/day manual window shades. Any insight on what kind of cord to replace it with, and where to get it? I bought some nylon twine but it's much thicker than the original when I compared the two.
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Also I'd love to see a "dummies guide" type information website if anyone knows of one.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
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Sister -in-law sent me this a while ago. DW looked it over but I have not.
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Just got back ; look in the help section.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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Sister -in-law sent me this a while ago. DW looked it over but I have not.
RV Shade and Blind Repair
Just got back ; look in the help section.
That's the right stuff, thanks. After reading the website I think I'll check with my tech to see what he'd charge to save me the headache. If its too much, I can afford some aspirin.
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We replaced several cords on several blinds ourselves. It was not hard at all and did not take long at all.
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We replaced several cords on several blinds ourselves. It was not hard at all and did not take long at all.
Thanks for the encouragement.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:07 AM   #6
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Hi Raining Star,
Google "day night shade repair" and you will get many places to view how to do this. CW and just about any RV supply store carries the repair kits. I have replaced all the cords on my coach. For me, it does take focus but it is not rocket science. When required, I'll DIY again.
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Try Fixmyblinds.com. They have a very good website. After you do 2 or 3 shades it becomes a snap.
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I believe these cords fray as they pass through the "sharp edge" of the blind housing. When I had my coach I was prepared to find a smooth plastic/nylon o-ring with a grove in it to snap or glue into the hole where the fraying happens. I sold my coach so never got around to applying my "fix". Seems to me a design shortcoming that for a few pennies could/should have been corrected my the manufacturer. A permanent fix by the manufacturer a few years ago might even have saved his market share as it appears most coach manufacturers are going to a different blind with less long term issues. Really makes me wonder why, when faced with reliability issues/customer dissatisfaction, a manufacturer wouldn't fix their design shortcomings!!!
Oh well.
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How to repair day/night shades. The string is designed to pass through plastic guides, if the guide wears through or is missing, the string fails quickly. I bought replacement string from a local window treatment store, but they did not have replacement plastic guides. Thankfully none was needed at that time.
Day/night blind repair kits are sold at major RV supply stores.
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a second plug for fixmyblind.com Great service!
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I just finished restringing a shade in my tt yesterday. Bought a repair kit from Camping World for $20.00. It was a lot easier to do than I had thought it would be.
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